The graduate studies program in the Department of Music comprises four sub-disciplines of music scholarship: ethnomusicology, musicology, composition and theory, and jazz studies. All graduate students are fully funded with a fellowship or assistantship for five years. The Department offers the following financial assistance for graduate students:
Teaching Assistantships are available to students who have not completed the master's degree. They provide a full tuition scholarship, health insurance, and a stipend of about $18,450 (subject to change) in exchange for teaching and related duties.
Teaching Fellowships are available to students who hold the master's degree or master's equivalent. They provide a full tuition scholarship, health insurance, and a stipend of about $19,180 (subject to change) in exchange for duties similar to those assigned to teaching assistants.
Graduate Student Assistantships
Graduate Student Assistantships provide provide payment of tuition and a stipend at the TA/TF rate in exchange for assisting a faculty member in library research, editorial duties, or similar academic tasks.
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships are awarded by the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences each year to approximately 45 outstanding continuing graduate students in the arts and sciences. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $21,150 (subject to change) plus a tuition scholarship for two terms. Awards are made annually on a competitive basis, and they may occasionally be renewed one time. No teaching is required. Candidates must be nominated by the Department.
A&S/Provost's Humanities Fellowships
A&S/Provost's Humanities Fellowships are awarded by the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences to a few outstanding entering students in the school. The award is for one year, and provides a stipend $21,150 (subject to change) plus a full tuition scholarship. There are no teaching duties or other duties. Students usually move on to a regular teaching assistantship or fellowship after their first year.
K. Leroy Irvis Fellowships
K. Leroy Irvis Fellowships are for groups underrepresented in the national pool of earned doctoral degrees as well as within the professorate at Pitt. Most of these nonteaching fellowships are offered for one year, but enhanced fellowships for two years also are available. They provide a full-tuition scholarship and a stipend equivalent to that of a teaching assistant or fellow. Students move on to regular teaching assistantships after their Irvis Fellowship year.
Arts & Sciences Fellowships
Two A&S Fellowships are awarded to outstanding entering graduate students in music. The award is for one year and carries a stipend comparable to that of a teaching assistantship plus a full-tuition scholarship. There are no teaching or other duties. Students usually move on to a regular teaching assistantship or fellowship after their first year.
Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships
Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships are federally funded fellowships for entering or continuing students whose course loads include study of the language and culture of a foreign area. At Pitt, these include East Asia, Latin America, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe (including Russia). This award provides a full-tuition scholarship and a stipend of about $18,000 for one year, with the possibility of renewal. There are no teaching or other duties. Students usually move on to a regular teaching assistantship or fellowship after their FLAS year. View more information »
The Chancellor's Fellowship
The Chancellor's Fellowship in Chinese Studies is awarded annually to an outstanding PhD candidate specializing in Chinese studies. Renewable up to three years, this award provides a full-tuition scholarship and a stipend of $18,000 (subject to change). No teaching is required. View more information »
Japan Iron and Steel Federation/Mitsubishi Graduate Fellowships
Japan Iron and Steel Federation/Mitsubishi Graduate Fellowships in Japanese Studies are funded through the Japan Iron and Steel Federation and Mitsubishi Endowment Funds and graduate and professional schools of Pitt. These awards provide a full-tuition scholarship and a stipend of $16,000 (subject to change) for the academic year to support the study of Japan by graduate students in the social sciences or humanities. Applicants must have completed at least two years of Japanese language study or the equivalent by the inception of the award period. View more information »
A&S Summer Fellowships
A&S Summer Fellowships for graduate students in music are awarded to no fewer than six students each year, on a competitive basis, who are in their second or third year in the music doctoral program. They provide a stipend of up to $3,000 for language study, conducting pre-dissertation research, travel, and other purposes. Students can receive this Fellowship for up to two summers.
The Music-GSO (Graduate Student Oranization) Grants
The Music-GSO (Graduate Student Oranization) sponsors grants for travel to an academic conference to present a composition, paper or a poster. To be eligible you must be enrolled as a graduate music student in the Dietrich School of Arts at the time of your travel. Details and contact information are available on the application. Download the Application.
More information about financial assistance is available at the School of Arts And Sciences Graduate Studies.
For information on music department admissions, contact the department's Director of Graduate Admissions, Professor Amy Williams.
More general information can be found at University Graduate Admissions.